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Sr. Manager, Operations Polypropylene


Sabic Gelsenkirchen

With a team of more than 380 employees locally, a unique collaboration and exceptional cohesion in Gelsenkirchen, we are running four polymer assets with a total yearly production volume of approximately one million metric tons of polymer products, which find their final usage among others in an uncountable number of applications in our daily lives. 


The proud history dates back to the late 50s with the construction and successful commissioning of the first polyethylene plant followed by a large expansion with two polypropylene plants in the late 60s. Over time, with strong focus and relentless commitment on continuous growth, the site has been converted and expanded to today’s configuration of two polyethylene and two polypropylene plants, of which two each are world scale assets. The most recent very significant expansion with startup of a new HDPE (bimodal) plant has been realized in 2008.

The advantage of being located next to the olefins plants of Ruhr Oel GmbH – BP Gelsenkirchen and additionally being connected to the European Ethylene Pipeline (ARG) and Propylene Pipeline (PRG) means a well-secured supply of the required feedstocks ethylene and propylene as well as a strong integration and position in the European Petrochemical Association.

Today and in the future, the Gelsenkirchen plants are cornerstones and indispensable contributors for a successful and sustainable business in Europe. 


What is the role about?

We are convinced that the answer to some of the world`s biggest challenges lies in the natural human instinct to collaborate. Bearing this in mind, we are currently searching for a Senior Manager Operations Polypropylene / Betriebsleiter who will join our team and lead the operations team of our polypropylene assets in Gelsenkirchen. The operational facilities include both polypropylene production plants and associated common facilities. In this role, you will be able to leverage on your strong leadership and management skills along with your exceptional technical background and personality to make a valuable contribution in sustaining our business well in the future. 



  • Reports directly to Senior Manager Operations of entire Gelsenkirchen Site
  • Responsible of 61 FTE including line management of 10 direct reports
  • Responsible of all operational activities and management of two polypropylene plants with a total yearly production volume of  500.000 metric tons



  • Commitment and strong focus on meeting production objectives and budget targets
  • Ensuring compliance with legal obligations from German legislations DELIVERed by a no compromise approach
  • Ensuring that plants are operated in accordance with SABIC safety and quality standards
  • Ensuring compliance with legal obligations from German legislations DELIVERed by a no compromise approach with respect to safety
  • Ensuring that feedstock, catalyst, utilities and energy consumption meet the high requirements of effectiveness and sustainability
  • Representation of manufacturing in Sales & Operations Planning meetings and cross functional teams
  • Maintaining and further implementation of SABICs Operations Management System as subject matter expert by integrating  relevant activities in run and maintain operations
  • Participation in Management of Change processes and HAZOP studies as well as ensuring implementation of findings and measures as a result of risk assessments with respect to process and occupational safety
  • INSPIRE, lead and develop employees to achieve their potential



We are very curious to hear from candidates who have a Master`s degree or equivalent preferably related to Chemical or Process Engineering, or a PhD in Chemistry along with proven experience in the petrochemical industry of at least 5-8 years.


Additionally we would like to see as many of the following as possible well reflected in your professional experience

  • Proven ability in leading a mixed team of well experienced employees and young talents who are keen on pursuing the next professional steps
  • A motivating and coaching management style fostering and aiming for a great working environment while not hesitating to take necessary decisions
  • Ability to effectively lead, ENGAGE and delegate within tiers of an organization
  • Attitude of compliance with all company and regulatory requirements
  • Resilience to balance out in a fast changing and dynamic environment
  • self-intrinsic motivation and tools at hand to overcome setbacks and adversity
  • Ability to utilize competition as a boost for continuous improvement with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Excellent communication skills in German and English
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization alongside with vendors and customers, using modern communication and collaboration tools and technology
  • Ideally experience in a matrix organization
  • Additional experiences in project management as well as EHSS are a plus.

Further Information

For more information about this role you can contact: Glenn Duggert, Corporate Recruiter on +31 6 15887339
Important notice: please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment is be part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request dependant of local regulations.
Responses from employment agencies will not be considered.